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Extreme Heat Hovers Over Ozarks

With an extremely high heat index being projected this week Ozark Empire Fair guests and Midway employees are doing their best to plan accordingly. KSMU’s Justin Lux has the story.

As temperatures are expected to be around 100 degrees the rest of this week, the Ozark Empire Fair has announced adjusted hours of operation for the Midway.

The Midway opened today at 4:00 and will open again tomorrow afternoon at 4:00. The altered times will effect the Midway, the Ozark Empire Fair itself will continue to open at 11:00 am.

Eric Wise, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Springfield, expects the heat to continue for the rest of the week.

“We’re probably going to see our temperatures stay in the upper 90’s, around 100, at least for Tuesday and Wednesday. Our dewpoints are going to get a little lower so our heat indexes are probably going to stay about the same around 105,” Wise says.

The extreme heat can affect more than just people. When temperatures become dangerously high, it is also important to be cautious with your animals as well. Leslie Thurman is the executive director of the Humane Society of southwest Missouri.

“At the Human Society we recommend that you bring your pets indoors or somewhere, whether it be an air conditioned garage, somewhere where they can come in and cool off from the heat,” says Thurman.

Thurman also says to always make sure your pet has access to clean drinking water and try to limit the amount of time the animal spends out in the sun. If you feel your pet is showing signs of being overheated, it is important to contact your veterinarian immediately.

For KSMU News, I’m Justin Lux.